MOSCOW, August 14 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov have dismissed Ukrainian media outlets' reports that Russian military vehicles crossed the border with Ukraine.
“It’s a fake. Why are you replicating it?” Avakov said on Facebook commenting on one of such reports.
Earlier, a number of Ukrainian media outlets reported that 143 Russian military vehicles crossed the border with Ukraine. They cited a post, allegedly made by Ukrainian lawmaker Oleksandr Briginets on his Facebook page.
Kiev has repeatedly made claims that Russian military attempted to enter the Ukrainian territory. For example, deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s administration, Valery Chaly, accused Russia of having peacekeepers among a humanitarian aid convoy bound for war-torn eastern Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, refuted the allegations, adding that Moscow struggles to understand what the Ukrainian side means.
Last week, Russia urged the UN Security Council to send a mission with Russian humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and accompanied by its representatives.
The ICRC backed the proposal, and on August 11, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Russia had reached an agreement with Kiev and the Red Cross on sending a humanitarian mission to eastern Ukraine.
Russia sent a convoy of 280 white Kamaz trucks carrying humanitarian aid to southeastern Ukraine. The convoy is carrying medical supplies, food, baby food, sleeping bags and other basic necessities.